Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Redistribution of Wealth

Ok, today instead of a normal journal entry - I just wanted to pass on something to make one think.

Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money." I laughed.

Once in the restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference--just imagine the coincidence.

When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept.

He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside.

The server angrily stormed from my sight.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy the tip and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more.

The homeless guy was grateful.

At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more.

I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.

REDISTRIBUTION OF SOMEONE ELSE'S WEALTH, A GREAT IDEA .............. or just a fools game?

This isn't a presidential campaign of race, it is about our morals.

What do you stand for?

Are you for or against baby killing?

Are you for a president that wasn't even born here?

Does anyone have a conscience anymore?

Has our country really gotten that far away from God?

Our we not one nation under God.

I don't know about you, but the morals of our forefathers have been lost.

Ignorance is the commodity that will cost our country dearly.

God said that he put his laws in our hearts and will write it on our minds.

We will either choose to listen to Him or not.

We all need to take away everything we think based on our own understanding and listen to what God has put inside of us.


Let go and let God.

This dispensation we are in is soon coming to a close.

Jesus is just waiting for that final signal to come back and take care of business.

The Antichrist is rearing his head.

We as a country need to get back on our knees and ask for forgiveness and start remembering that it is God almighty that is in control of all things.

If you are still undecided, when you go to vote standing there in the booth, ask God who you should vote for.

He will direct you, He will speak to you right there where you stand.

As for me and my house we will serve the Lord!

I propose that we continue to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness as individuals.

God’s plan has to be completed….whether through McCain or Obama.

His will to be done here on earth!

"Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. " Matthew 6:9-10

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thoughts for the day...

"Those whom He sends have His spirit in their hearts, as well as His Words in their mouths."

"If Christ be our teacher, it becomes all His saints to be at His feet."

The truths that are learned through prayer, will leave an unusal sweetness upon the heart."

All quotes are taken from John Flavel (1628 - 1691)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Shield of Faith

"Above all, take the shield of Faith, wherewith ye may quench all the fiery darts of the wicked," Ephesians 6:16 - Geneva Bible

The shield of faith is the fourth piece of armor.

The shield of faith is having that trust in God and His word.

The more knowledge that you have in His word, and know about Him the more faith that you will have.

God will give us more strength the more we endure.

Nothing can grow spiritually without a struggle.

I don't care how deeply spiritual you may be or what spiritual experiences you may have had in the past, but disappointments they will come.

The enemy will try to instill doubts into your mind regarding the faithfulness of God towards you.

If we don't cover our hearts with that shield of faith then the enemy will come in the night like a roaring lion, when you are trying to pray and puts doubts and fears into your mind.

You will begin to question God if He is even listening and hearing the cries of your heart.

The enemy will try to tell you that God has forsaken you.

My friend let me tell you He has not forsaken you!

It is at that very moment that be begin to question God, in that very small crack, the enemy will sneak in.

Once the enemy is in then those fiery darts come and attack our very lives.

When we have that shield of faith over our hearts, then and only then we will be able to walk through those afflictions that come in the midnight hour when there wasn't a star in the sky.

When we have that shield of faith over our heart then we will be able to stand even when the very atom of our being has felt the shaking of the enemy.

We need to learn to look up and ask God what He wants us to learn from our circumstances and not grumble about them.

We must know God's Word to keep our hearts pure.

The more that you know the bigger the shield, the less you know the smaller the shield.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and by hearing the word of God.” Romans 10:17

Your knowledge of God, and His word must increase if you want your faith to increase.

This is the way God choose for us to be able to ward off those fiery darts of doubt, fear and unbelief.

Those fiery darts that the enemy sends our way to bombard us, we need to put out the fiery darts with the truth -the Word of God.

Each piece of the armor is very valuable.

The shield of faith is used as a covering or protection of all the other pieces of armor.

We are talking about the protection of the mind, our faith needs to be so strong that it is unshakable in what God says.

We are to be in complete alignment of what God says in His Word.

It is ours to remain true and faithful, protecting our hearts with the shield of faith.

That is Faith in God: Faith in His dealings with us; Faith in His promises; Faith in that He is; Faith, even in the midst of our afflictions, that He is our portion.

"Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him." Job 13:15

When we take up that shield of faith no matter what may come our way we will have that perfect trust in Him!

So don't let that enemy come in and give you handfuls of doubt, fear and unbelief.

You and I could not have gone through what we have experienced if we had not that shield of faith that covers our heart and protected us from the fiery darts.

Ask God for the heart of a child for that which you do not understand.

Have faith in God's promises that our past sins be forgiven, and removed as far as the east is from the west.

"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us." Psalm 103:12

He has blotted them out and buried them in the depths of the sea.

"I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy sins: return unto Me; for I have redeemed thee." Isaiah 44:22

My friends, if you have not taken up that shield of faith as of yet, I urge you to start today, right now.

Find out what a difference this protective armor will make in your life.

You will become victorious with the shield of faith in your life.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Brick

I just love sharing: thought someone out there could use these wonderful words...

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar.

He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.

As his car passed, no children appeared.

Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door!

He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.

The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, 'What was that all about and who are you?

Just what are you doing?

That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money.

Why did you do it?

The young boy was apologetic.

Please, mister...please, I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do,' He pleaded.

I threw the brick because no one else would stop...

With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me.

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat.

He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts.

A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.

Thank you and may God bless you, the grateful child told the stranger.

Too shook up for words, the man simply watch ed the boy, push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar.

The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door.

He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!

God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts.

Sometimes when we don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us.

It's our choice to listen or not

Thought for the Day:

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.

If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.

He sends you flowers every spring.

He sends you a sunrise every morning.

Face it, friend - He is crazy about you!

"Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you." 1 Peter 5:7

Friday, October 17, 2008

Shoes of peace.

"Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God." Philippians 1:11

"And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace." Ephesians 6:15

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into His grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the hope of glory of God." Romans 5:1,2

After we receive Christ, we have the Prince of Peace at our side. We must have that peace ruling in our heart. That can only happen when we get in God’s Word, and let it sink in, into our hearts.

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Colossians 3:15,16

The roman soldier had these strong sandal type shoes, which had studded nails that pierced the ground and provided excellent stability as they walked.

The word preparation means to be established or a firm foundation.

Therefore thus saith the lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” Isaiah 28:16

Our sure foundation is found in the gospel of peace...

This is referring to the quality or benefits that the gospel offers, such as…it strengthens, it settles, and will stabilize a believer.

The word shod is to simply cover up, over feet.

Our feet should never touch the ground bare.

We are not to go anywhere without that firm foundation of the gospel without walking in peace.

Even when running on an errand be sure those feet are on errands of peace.

We are not called to backbite, tell gossip, or maliciously slander someone.

If someone comes to you, stop them right in their tracks and remind them, especially a sister or a brother about putting on the shoe of peace.

When our feet are not shod with the gospel of peace you can do a lot of damage.

With our feet properly covered there will be less heartache, less heartbreak, fewer tears, and more power in our churches.

We had better stay home until we get the right equipment on our feet.

Peacemakers bring people together, and encourage fellowship.

If we are true believers of Christ that should be enough to bring us all together in peace.

The peace of God will keep us standing firm.

Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.” II Thessalonians 3:16

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Everyone can't sit in the front row.

A friend sent me this and I think it has a lot of value and worth while information.

Everyone Can't Sit in Your Front Row

Life is a Theatre - Invite your audience carefully.

Not everyone is spiritual or emotionally healthy enough to have a
front row seat in our lives. There are some people in your life that
are best loved from a distance. It's amazing what you can accomplish
when you let go, or at least minimize your time with draining,
negative, incompatible, pointless relationships, friendships, and fellowships!

Consider your current relationships.

Pay attention to who lifts and who leans? Who encourages and who
discourages? Who is on a path of growth and who is going down fast?
When you leave certain people, do you feel better or feel worse? Who
always has drama?

The more you seek God and godly things, the more you seek quality; the
more you seek not just the hand of God but the face of God, the more
you seek things honorable; the more you seek growth, peace of mind,
love and truth around you, the easier it will become for you to decide
who gets to sit in the FRONT ROW and who should be moved to the
balcony of your life.

You cannot change the people around you, but you can change the people
you are around! Ask God for wisdom and discernment and use these gifts
to choose the people who sit in the front row of your life.
I believe that I can make a difference,and that you can too.

Earnest Simes - author

Monday, October 13, 2008

His Breastplate of Righteousness

"Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;" Ephesians 6:14

The second piece of Armor is the breastplate of righteousness.

First let me give you the meaning of righteousness before we even get started....

Righteousness is being in right standing before God and man.

Doing what is right, even when no one is looking.

Every professing believer should be righteous, straight , and honest in his dealing with others.

That means towards one's self, towards others in business.

Especially in the work place; it doesn't matter if they are born again or not, they have the right to expect perfection from those of us who proclaim to be a Christian.

The unregenerate man (one whom doesn't know Christ) has that right to expect righteousness from those who profess to be Christians.

The unregenerate man does not expected to be cheated by a so called Christian.

We can not wear the breastplate of righteousness and be crooked in our dealings with others.

We can not wear the breastplate of righteousness and lie to others.

Remember that righteousness is right standing before God and man.

The breastplate of righteousness that the apostle Paul is talking about covers the heart;from whence all our affections and dealings flow from.

"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of Life." Proverbs 4:23

This righteousness is not the same righteousness that is imputed to us by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

This righteousness is a personal righteousness that is only brought to us by the holy Spirit; which in return we are showing the whole world that we have been born again.

This righteousness through the Holy Spirit allows others to see that we have been made a new creature in Christ.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17

We as the body of Christ need a fresh baptism of righteousness.

We need righteousness in our everyday living, everyday contacts.

There is not one little area of a believer's life that should not be righteous,

A believer should be honest, straight forward in their dealings with others, including your neighbors, your self and most of all God.

Christianity affects every part on one's life.

Being a Christian is a practical thing.

How can we knowingly pick up that breastplate of righteousness and lie or be crooked in our dealings.

Our testimonies have no weight when they are neutralized by unrighteous deeds and or acts.

There is an old quote that woks quite well here; "The things that you speak so loud that I can't hear a word that you are saying."

One can also input the things that you do - they are so loud I can't hear you.

We must have a consistent infilling of the Holy Spirit on a daily level so that we can yield our lives to the indwelling of Christ.

Once we yield daily to the Holy Spirit, then it will be an easy task putting on the breastplate of righteousness.

"Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world:" Titus 2:12

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Do you have an advocate?

My little children, these things I write unto you , that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."1 John 2:1

There comes a time in one's life after God has shed His marvelous light upon us, we must then change our ways.

One should resist sin, and not so freely sin even though the blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed us.

Yes, there will be times we sin, as long as we ask in forgiveness we will have a n advocate with the Father.

Jesus Christ the just, only acceptable one that can stand before His father and ask and plead your case.

Here in this passage of scripture the Apostle John is not talking to the unregenerate, but to those of us who have been born again.

He is talking to God's children.

John is telling us not to go out and deliberately sin, or willfully sin, or commit sin on purpose.

If one is truly born again, one will not have that desire to go out and sin on purpose.

You and I are not perfect by any means, and we still have that ability to sin.

But guess what?

We have someone that has that ability to stand before the Father and ask for a new clean slate for us.

We have an advocate through Jesus!

Jesus is our purger - our lawyer is a sense (if you will).

Jesus put up a defense in our case before the Father.

He was chastised for our reconciliation.

"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15:3

Have you places your case into the hands of Christ?

Do you know Him as your advocate?

You must know Him as Saviour.

He is sitting at the right hand of the Father and intercedes for you.

So when the accuser stands before God, if Jesus is your advocate then, Jesus will stand ready to defend you.

He will become sooo real to you.

His Word will become alive with in you.

You will know for certain that you are a child of God.

The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanses you from all your sin.

His blood not only cleanse you from your current sin, but those from the past that have been hanging on like baggage.

In a moment, you can receive eternal life, and have Jesus as your advocate.

In a moment you can become God's child and He can become your Heavenly Father.

In, a moment you can be cleansed from all that sin.

My precious child is oh, so easy to ask Him into your life.

You must confess your sins.

In that very moment that we recieve everlasting life, we can stand justified before God by faith in His Son!

Let the Lord Jesus Christ come and cleans you today.

This day you can have that wonderful experience, one that you will never forget.

Cry out today for Jesus - He is there waiting for you, beloved.

"But He was wounded for our transgressions: He was broken for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5

Friday, October 10, 2008

Do you feel you live an undefeated life?

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;" Ephesians 6:13-14

There are some of us that like to hang onto their sins and still try to put on God's armour.

I am come to let you know that God has said that it is not possible.

When we put on the whole armor (which we will talk about) it requires life.

A life that is only given through being reborn again.

There is an instruction in Ephesians 6:10-20 that becomes each believer's responsibility to follow.

Once we have learned to follow His instructions with the armor and are completely covered daily, from the top of our head to the very soles of our feet; then and only then shall we be able to live the christian life in that mighty, precious and wonderful name of Jesus and shall not know defeat.

What comprise of the armour of God?

We have the Girdle of Truth; Breastplate of Righteousness; Shoes of the Gospel of Peace; Shield of Faith; Helmet of Salvation; Sword of the Spirit.

These are the pieces of armor that make up The Whole armor of God!

For today we shall take a look at the Girdle of Truth.

Before I go any farther, I just want you to know that it is not easy being a christian as ones have said.

It takes something more that just plain old will power to live a christian life and come out a victor.

There is s might spiritual battle that has to be fought and won.

It is more that will power; determination; and even mental attitude to achieve the victory.

We as Christian's must put on the whole armor of God so that we may be able to stand at whatever the enemy throws our way.

The armor is supposed to cover us completely, if it does not, the enemy of our souls will attack that place in which you have missed the covering.

Each piece that God has provided has a specific job.

The girdle of truth goes around your waist.

A girdle was a belt worn around the waist of a soldier, holding that soldiers garments in so that they did not hinder him in the meeting of his enemy.

Likewise we can have a belt around our minds so to say that we have a belt of scripture reigning in and controlling our desires.

When we properly have our loins girded about with truth, all our flabbiness and looseness of character will be taken away.

A proper fit of this girdle of truth means that we must read the Word of God.

This is a dally task.

One cannot be a christian and not read the Word of God.

We must study, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth." 2 Timothy 2:15

The more we read, the more it comes alive, the more we become strong in Him!

It is like taking proper nourishment.

It id proper nourishment: it is bread: it is food; it is our very life: our very existence.

Everyone knows that you must have a proper well balanced diet to be strong and healthy; so it is with when it comes to the things of God.

A Christians food is the Word of God.

One cannot live a consistent daily life as a christian without His Word.

Without regular food, one would die and shrivel up, it as the same with God's Word.

It is useless if you are just trying, just beginning to live a christian life if you have not the proper food.

One meal is not good enough.

You can not live on yesterday's or last weeks sermon.

You, yourself cannot go a month or six weeks with real everyday food; so why would you not feed you spirit daily?

We must start to use our common sense that God gave us and learn to become totally satisfied in Him.

I know that there are many out there who are professing to be Christians and to not partake.

Ok, so if you have ask God for forgiveness and start partaking of His Word daily.

Without it we do the damage of not growing spiritually and puts us in a bad place, bone dry.

To search the Word of God it will cost you.

It will mean having to do battle with your will; having to give up you favorite habit, or that thing that you do to self indulge in.

We must crucify the flesh in order to obtain the personal victory.

It means something to study out God's Word and then walk in the light of it's truth.

This is one of the biggest reasons that there is still so much carnality in the churches today; people do not want to give up their time; their lives and learn from the Word of God.

God gave us this life anyway, so why wouldn't we want to give everything back to Him?

"Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began." 2 Timothy 1:9